No matter how scientifically and technologically advanced the world is, it’s highly doubtful that it’ll ever be safe for women and elders. This tragic incident that took place in NYC, where a woman was shoved to the ground by a stranger, and was caught in a surveillance camera, proves this very well.
The video footage shows a stranger throwing an elderly woman to the ground for no apparent reason, while she was peacefully walking in the Third Avenue which is surrounded by 15th and 16th streets, in Gramercy Park, New York. Before falling down, the woman hits her head in a fire hydrant. Strangely, the attacker doesn’t take anything from the victim, but proceeds to look back, watch her struggle, and leave.
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The attacker, a 31-year-old man, was arrested by the New York City Police Department (NYPD), in Harlem, thanks to an anonymous tip. The man, named Rashid Brimmage, is a registered sex offender that has been arrested for over 100 times for various crimes including assault, harassment, trying to resist arrests, and persistent sexual abuse.
Although the woman preferred to not to reveal her name, she let Jenna DeAngelis of CBS2 to have a look at her injuries and proceeded to share her thoughts. When she was presented with the surveillance camera footage for the first time, the 92-year-old victim was surprised by the attacker’s actions, which made her say: “Oh, he did look back. He did look back to see me fall on the floor, that rat!”
The woman was wearing her visor and her face mask at the time of the incident, and she was barely recognizable to anyone. She stated: “He just saw an elderly lady walking slowly and he decided I’m perfect for a victim.”
“This man did nothing except change my life and almost kill me,” she added.
The 92-year-old lady is currently receiving treatment at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital, and she hopes that her attacker remains behind bars, so she can walk fearlessly on her own.
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